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WW1 Women taking over football teams

When was was declared in August 1914 football was played by males only and employed up and down the country. This was mothballed until the end of the war. As the men went off to join the slaughter on the battlefield leaving their families, factories,coalmines, shipyards etc only the women could possibly fill the breach.They worked 12 hours down the pits the dry docks in skilled and unskilled work.Involving themselves in football enabled them to get fresh air and healthy excercise and out of the oily stench of workplaces and collect money for the war effort. Football along with other pursuits were encouraged and flourished.
Womens football in the period mid 1916 and the early twenties was huge with attendences of 30,000 spectators not uncommon.
One of the first recorded matches in Tyneside was in February 1917 between two industrial teams from Wallsend, the North east Marine Works and their opponants from the Shipyards.
The competition took place at The Ridings Country house in Hexham. It raised funds for the Serbian Red Cross. The match ended in a one all draw.A lady called Dot who works for the North Tyneside WWW1 project her grandmother was the goalie and a munitions worker.
Dot was quite young at the time and the referee was Newcastle United and Ireland full back Bill Mc Cracken.

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